Londonderry Pulls Through with Win, but Portsmouth Stays Strong


Portsmouth receiving a pep talk from coaches, Brint Shone and Hanna Strong, pre game

Aiden Beland, PHS PaperClip Staff/ Writer

On Wednesday, October 9, Portsmouth girls varsity soccer played home against Londonderry High School. The first goal was scored on Portsmouth in the first five minutes of the gane, with a second one scored at the end of that half. The third goal against them was scored in the second half.

Londonderry is a very skilled team, but the Portsmouth defense played well even though goals were scored. Julia Kurowski had lockdown defense and Avery Ruhnke had some strong corner kicks. 

Offensive runs were made by Stella Bolduc, Maddie Ricard, and Molly McCafferty. 

Goalkeeper, Sofia Ranalli, had some great saves with good consistent punts and communicated to her teammates well.

Kate Shultz took a hit but recovered. 

Ruhnke says, “We communicated well and for the most part, everyone is working their hardest and we are there to back each other up… We need to work on finishing our chances. In soccer, you could only get three chances to score in a game and you need to be able to finish them.”  

Ruhnke’s favorite part of playing on the varsity team is the different environment and the experience of getting to play with the older girls since she is a freshman.

Portsmouth took the loss, but overall, there was a clear team effort.